Scottish Countryside Alliance

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Supporting Rural Communities and Businesses

The Scottish Countryside Alliance believes that all rural communities deserve vibrant local schools, busy community owned village halls, and new and growing business resources and services. We believe that Scotland’s communities can form a wealth of opportunity from the development of our vast natural resources and by fully exploiting the new opportunities that are emerging from the sustainable management of our environment, whether that is a growing forest estate or the expansion of local biomass energy generation from food or farm waste, create sustainable lifestyles for all ages within our rural landscape.

Supporting Shooting

Shooting does not face an outright ban – yet. However, we should never forget that shooting faces regular threats whether through restrictions on the guns we use, the ammunition we fire, the birds we rear, the land we use or our very presence in the countryside we love.

Supporting Hunting

The Scottish hunting community are rightly proud of their achievements. Having come through an all-encompassing campaign fighting to save the sport and in many cases livelihoods, they emerged from the fight on February 13, 2002, blooded but unbeaten. Ten years later, we must recognise and commend the resilience of hunting folk – the fact that we still have a form of fox hunting in Scotland is testament to the determination of the people involved.

Economics benefits to rural Scotland

There has long been a perception that angling for game and coarse fish is important to the Scottish economy. In August 2001 a report entitled Scotland’s Freshwater Fish and Fisheries: Securing their Future, gave an in-depth economic analysis of the sector. reporting that angling is valuable to Scotland, and particularly to rural Scotland.

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About us

 The Scottish Countryside Alliance is a unique organisation dedicated to supporting the countryside as a whole with the specific aim of promoting and protecting rural communities and the rural way of life.

The SCA's task is to raise awareness about a number of priorities which the Scottish Countryside Alliance and its members believe are critical to sustaining rural communities.

The Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) campaigns for the countryside, countrysports and the rural way of life.



The SCA is Scotland’s only truly inclusive rural lobbying organisation. The SCA recognises that rural Scotland is an interwoven tapestry of cultural, economic, environmental and community issues and that to champion just one strand would lead to the unravelling of the whole. We campaign for and promote a wide range of interlinked country sports and rural livelihood issues.


We work with key decision makers to ensure that all aspects of our countryside are enhanced, not diminished. We also have to ensure that people living in rural communities are adequately supported. Without people in our rural communities, there will be no countryside tourism and no country sports. The SCA ensures that the voice of the countryside is heard by the public and key decision makers. It is in everyone’s interest that Scotland’s countryside thrives and offers opportunities to everyone, regardless of where they live.




For further information or to join the SCA please telephone 0131 344 4640

Director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance Jamie Stewart:  07825 736903 

or email [email protected]